How to avoid potential basement flooding this spring

Hampden County

The potential for flooding this spring is higher than normal this year.

Western Massachusetts is facing an above-normal threat for flooding this spring. And it’s not just because we’re expecting more than average rainfall.

The snowpack and its water content are higher than normal, and the ground is also saturated from the wet season. This leads to poor drainage of melting snow as temperatures warm, and poor drainage during heavy rain.

And more flooding, means more water pouring into basements. One Chicopee resident told 22News, she’s ready for a smooth warm up.

“I’m hoping for a steady meltdown, and not a quick one where the rivers down in Willimansett are over-flooding with the quick melting,” said Lena Perez. “I’ve seen it before cause a lot of damage down there.”

Tips to avoid basement flooding:

  • Keep your gutters clean 
  • Check if your gutters are taking the water at least 3ft away from your foundation
  • Inspect your foundation for any cracks
  • Keep your lawn properly landscaped

But at least western Massachusetts is probably done with talking about snow for the season. 

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